Conserving Water — Indoor Use

Most homes see the majority of their water footprint come from their indoor water use. Small adjustments to your routine – including how long you take a shower, how you do your dishes, and if you leave the water running while brushing your teeth – translate into simple ways to save water. Once you've made changes to the way you use water in your home, you have the power to help your family and friends start making similar changes using our indoor water conservation tips.

Here are the best ways to conserve water while going about your day inside:

Limit your shower to five minutes or less.

We know it's challenging to keep track of time while showering, so play music to stay on target. Ideally, you'll turn off the water and start drying off before the second song is over. Equipping your home with higher-quality water will help you get the most from your shower. Experience the difference in reducing chlorine and chemicals from your shower water with a Whole House Water Filter System.

Install a low-flow showerhead.

The initial investment will pay off both in your monthly water bill and for the planet. We equip our shower filters with a dual-flow shower head. Conserve the maximum amount of water by switching your showerhead flow rate to 1.0 gallons per minute. Reduce 96% of chlorine while conserving water with a Premium Shower Filter.

Skip flushing, if possible.

Flushing your toilet is the most significant use of water in your home. Flushing accounts for nearly 27% of your indoor water use. Follow this advice: "if it's yellow, let it mellow." Keep the toilet lid closed if you are concerned about the smell.

Check your toilet for leaks.

Put a few drops of colored food dye in your toilet tank. If you spot any color in your toilet bowl after a couple of minutes without flushing, conduct a more thorough leak inspection. Routine home maintenance will limit the amount of water escaping through leaks and aging plumbing. Complete our plumbing checklist to avoid hidden leaks and substantial costs.

Don't let your faucet run.

This rule applies whether you're brushing your teeth, doing the dishes in the sink, or simply washing vegetables and fruits. Wash your food in a bowl and only fill it with the amount of water necessary for cleaning. When brushing your teeth or shaving, turn off the faucet when not actively using the water.

Get an energy-efficient dishwasher.

You may not have this option if you rent an apartment, but homeowners who can purchase an energy-efficient dishwasher will save many gallons of water for each load of dishes. Don't start a cycle until your dishwasher is full! Washing dishes by hand will use about 20 gallons per load, while an energy-efficient dishwasher can use as few as 4 gallons per load. Why stop at the dishwasher? Outfit your home with our top water-conserving appliances.

Don't wash your jeans.

Denim wears out faster when it's washed frequently. Save water by doing less laundry. If you want to freshen up your jeans, hang them up to air out or store them in the freezer overnight. Wish all your clothes could last that long? Enjoy cleaner, softer clothing when you install a Water Softener Alternative & Filter Combination System.

Dry all of your clothes on a clothesline or with a drying rack.

Running your dryer requires electricity, and increasing your power usage means using more water. Power plants need a vast amount of water to generate electricity. Learn more about these peripheral water wasters in our resource for conserving virtual water use.

Install a greywater system in your home.

These systems collect used water from your sink, dishwasher, and other locations for watering your plants. Greywater systems conserve water and provide nutrients to your garden and decorative plants.

Once you've mastered your home, turn your attention past your front porch. Find out how to reduce your outdoor water use, especially if you have a large yard or a car that you wash every month. Every small step to lower your water footprint benefits the planet, ensuring we have enough of our most valuable resource.